Illinois Background Checks

Illinois Vital Records Background Checks

Birth and death records, that may be helpful in Illinois background checks, are issued by the Department of Health, Division of Vital Records in Springfield. Certified copies of these documents may usually only be requested by the individual named on the original vital record, a close family member or a legal representative of these persons. Both in person and mailed in Illinois vital records requests are accepted.

For in person requests, government issued, non-expired photo ID must be shown at the front window of the Springfield Vital Records office between 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday – except on holidays. After the vital record request for Illinois background checks is dropped off in person, a reply is typically mailed out within 3 business days. Bulk orders may have a longer mailing time. Mail in requests should be sent to the Springfield office with about 6 – 7 weeks of processing time allowed after the request form is received. Photocopies of government issued, non-expired photo ID must be included with each request.

Illinois Background Check






Each certified birth or death record copy requested in person or by mail is $17, with additional copies of the same document ordered at the same time priced at $2 each. Since birth and death records are considered private in this state, if you are conducting Illinois background checks and require copies of these documents, you will have to state your reason for doing so as well as your relationship with the individual named on the record. A letter of intent that explains these details is necessary for non-relatives to add to their records application.

Marriage and divorce records (dissolution of marriage) are not issued by the Illinois’ Division of Vital Records, but a check to verify that the original document exists can be conducted for a $5 fee. .Certified copies of a marriage certificate or dissolution of marriage, can be obtained by contacting the court in the county where the event was recorded.

Illinois Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 782-6553
Fax: 9217) 785-3209

Illinois Criminal Background Checks

The Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA), 20 11.CS 2635/1, of 1991, requires the Illinois State Police to collect and distribute information concerning criminal convictions to the public. Requests for criminal records, such as those used in Illinois background checks, must be made on an official UCIA request form. Only Illinois statewide criminal records, not federal documents, can be requested.

Each UCIA criminal background check request form has an original number. This Transaction Control Number (TCN) should be used to track criminal record requests during processing. The TCN is used on two versions of the UCIA request form that may be used to conduct Illinois background checks. These are a live scan fingerprint form and a name based search request.

Employers using either type of criminal backgroundcheck must follow UCIA procedures and have the job applicant or employee sign the request form. The applicant or employee stated on name based or fingerprint checks must also be provided with a copy of the results of the record check by the employer. These Illinois background checks are $16 for a name only check and $20 for a fingerprint based search.

Illinois State Police
Bureau of Investigation
260 North Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60431-1060

Phone: (815) 740-5160
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm